North Ottawa Dunes Loop
ElevationAscent: 372' 113 m
Descent: -372' -114 m
High: 737' 225 m
Low: 608' 185 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
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“A longer looping connection of trails through North Ottawa Dunes with no shortage of solitude.”— Jessica VanGinhoven
As all trails in North Ottawa Dunes can be traveled in any direction for pedestrians, this loop run can be done in reverse or adapted in a variety of ways for time or ability.
For a shorter option, see the North Ottawa Dunes Lower Loop, which descends the staircases to North Beach Park.
This first section makes up one of the longer uphill climbs to gain the elevated terrain of these inland dunes. Reaching the high point, continue west past Intersection 2 toward the western boundary of the park as the trail bends to the north. From here, stay left at all intersections as the trail winds back and forth, up and down through the woods, finally reaching Intersection 10. (For those interested, the trails continue left (north), to connect with P.J. Hoffmaster State Park.)
At Intersection 10, take the rightmost trail toward Intersection 9 and begin the return journey. This run continues to Intersection 8, 7, and then 21, before staying left at all intersections along the eastern boundary back to the start.
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Land Manager: Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Commission